Nigeria | In action since 2004
Power to the IDPs
With over three million people displaced due to insurgency in the northeast region of Nigeria, the Enactus team at Kaduna Polytechnic saw an opportunity to help Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) by addressing education and economic opportunity issues. They sent a team of students to learn more by visiting with stakeholders and completing a needs assessment at several camps in Maiduguri, then decided to set up a school for students in the camps, using waste-like drums to construct furniture for classrooms and launching a national book donation program. They also developed a special curriculum in partnership with UNICEF and Save the Children Foundation to deal with the trauma of being displaced while motivating the children to learn. To help their parents, they launched a series of training workshops to give them the skills needed to find new work and earn an income for their family. The team directly impacted more than 3,600 people with this project, training 360 parents and providing private school scholarships for 11 children.
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Two years ago, Ruth decided she wanted more out of her university experience so she looked for an activity to get involved with. After learning about Enactus, she knew it was a perfect fit so she went through the application and interview process, and was accepted. She now serves as the team’s secretary and says that being a part of the team allows her to put her work ethic, entrepreneurial drive and passion for helping others to good use. With plans to graduate at the end of year with an Accounting degree, she is especially excited to represent her country at the World Cup and hopes to broaden her knowledge and build new connections that foster her entrepreneurial spirit.
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After learning about Enactus from a friend seven years ago, Emmanuel now serves as Team Leader, using his experience and positive attitude to advance their work and keep team members inspired and engaged. In a typical day, he will work with the various project managers to ensure their initiatives are on track, while dealing with any opportunities or challenges that arise. With graduation approaching, Emmanuel says that his greatest achievement through Enactus was adopting 11 IDP orphans and providing them with scholarships. As he looks ahead to Toronto, he’s excited to make new connections while learning about initiatives around the world.
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